Separating leftovers from school lunches in the Southern region
The “Childrens’ Power Project” project deals with education and implementation of the waste separation at primary schools in the south, as well as the use of organic waste to feed livestock and pets, and create compost.
In Arab culture, the phrase “Haram” means “isn’t it a shame?”, aimed at preventing unnecessary waste. For elderly Bedouin, throwing away unused bread is a sort of blasphemy. Even in Jewish culture there is reference to “Thou shall not spoil”.
The national school lunch program provides subsidized meals for primary school students, as part of extending the school day in the periphery. Surplus food is dumped on a daily basis with mixed waste into landfills.
The “Childrens’ Power Project” separates surplus food generated by 750 classrooms in primary schools in the Southern region. A dedicated collection can for leftovers was placed in each class, and children learn why it is right to separate organic waste and what you can do with it. In elementary Bedouin schools the kids take full leftover cans to feed livestock and pets. In Jewish primary schools the waste is treated through composting in the schoolyard. Each class separates an average of 3.5kg of excess food per day, and the whole project prevents transportation and land-filling of 2.5 tons on garbage a day.